An infant hurt when the car he was riding in was rear-ended Friday died in a Boise hospital Sunday, Idaho State Police reported Monday.
Three other people were sent to the hospital after a series of three crashes near the Simco Road exit on Interstate 84 in Elmore County at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Justin Fitzpatrick, 21, of Mountain Home, was driving west in his 2002 Dodge Stratus, below the speed limit, when he was struck from behind by Steven Shelly, 50, of Meridian, driving a 2009 Pontiac G6, police said. The child who died, 2-month-old Kameron Fitzpatrick, and another passenger, an adult, were taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in BOise.
Justin Fitzpatrick said Monday afternoon he was too distraught to talk to a reporter.
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Everyone in Fitzpatrick’s vehicle had been wearing seatbelts and the infant was in a child seat, according to ISP. The agency isn’t yet ready to release details about the accident, spokeswoman Teresa Baker said, indicating a reconstruction report detailing what happened is likely a couple of weeks away.
"We still don't have all the answers,” Baker said. “No charging decisions have been made.”
After the first wreck, Aaron Blackburn, 21, of Boise driving a 1990 Buick Century crashed into Marie Bare, 55, of Pocatello driving a 2007 Kia Optima. Then Blackburn hit Randall Jewett, 55, of Hill City. No one was injured in that crash, according to ISP.
David West, 26, of Twin Falls was slowing down for traffic in his 2005 Mitsubishi when he was hit by Natasha Richey, 20, of Mountain Home, driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. Richey and her passenger James Mullis, 26, of Mountain Home were transported to the hospital. It is unclear whether they were wearing seatbelts, according to ISP.